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George Takei to receive LGBT advocacy leadership award

Thursday, August 22, 2013
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MIAMI — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has announced that Star Trek actor George Takei will receive the 2013 National Leadership Award.

George Takei and husband Brad Altman.

Takei will receive the award at the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner, which is scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The dinner honors individuals for their contributions to the social, cultural, political and humanitarian needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Takei has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” television series.

Takei — who married his life partner of more than 25 years, Brad Altman, in 2008 — has become an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in recent years.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization that has been fighting for LGBT equality for the past four decades,” Takei said in a statement. “It is a privilege to be part of an event like the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner that raises money for multiple organizations serving our community.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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